Subject: China bans the bag, Calling all U.S. Zero Waste Youth leaders, plastic pellet pollution in the Netherlands, and more...

China bans the bag!

Plastic bags will be banned in all of China’s major cities by the end of 2020 and in all cities and towns in 2022!

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment which issued the policy aims to gradually limit the production, use, and sale of single-use plastic items — from plastic bags to delivery packages. In an interview, #breakfreefromplastic changemaker Mao Da of the China Zero Waste Alliance welcomed the move. However, he cautioned against encouraging individuals to use biodegradable plastic since it would only hurt the environment in the long run.

“Replacing nonbiodegradable plastics with biodegradable ones may cause misuse and a new type of pollution, as well as increased pressure on waste-recycling systems.” - #breakfreefromplastic Steering Committee member Mao Da, China Zero Waste Alliance

Other News

A Call for Young Zero Waste Leaders in the US!

The Beyond Waste Student Summits bring together students to understand the systemic impact of waste, from extraction to disposal. This full-day leadership welcomes students from all over the world with different levels of experience and interest to collaborate on simulated campaigns that range from building zero waste campus infrastructure to standing in solidarity with front line communities. Apply and become part of the next generation of leaders working to #breakfreefromplastic! 

The Plastic Soup Foundation finds SHOCKING evidence of plastic pellet pollution!

Dutch #breakfreefromplastic member Plastic Soup Foundation has launched legal action after finding shocking levels of plastic pellets used to make almost all plastic products in the environment around key ports. They have called for Dutch authorities to enforce environmental legislation against the polluting corporations. 

Single-use plastic is on its way out!

The story of a single-use plastic bottle and that of a reusable bottle start in the same way but have very different endings.
#breakfreefromplastic member Seas At Risk demonstrate how reusable solutions are the way forward to reduce plastic pollution!

Story of Plastic premieres in Manila!

In celebration of the Philippines’ Zero Waste Month, #breakfreefromplastic Philippine member groups hosted an exclusive screening of ‘Story of Plastic' - the first feature length documentary highlighting the true cost of plastic pollution. Legislators, movie critics and the public joined a panel conversation with the film’s executive producer Stiv Wilson and changemakers featured in the film.

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